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Last Updated: Monday, 1 November, 2004, 11:14 GMT
Dein claims Man Utd feud is over
Arsenal vice-chairman David Dein
Arsenal chief David Dein has repeated his claim that the antagonism between his club and Manchester United is over.

On Sunday, Dein spoke with United chief David Gill for the second time since the stormy match on 24 October.

"We have spoken (again) at the highest level and agree the matter is closed," Dein told the Evening Standard.

But Dein's hopes of ending the feud appear to have been damaged by United's call for Dennis Bergkamp to face a Football Association investigation.

United boss Sir Alex Ferguson claims Bergkamp lashed out at Alan Smith during United's 2-0 victory.

And Ferguson also alleges that Gunners striker Thierry Henry struck United defender Gabriel Heinze.

But neither is likely to face charges because FA rules state evidence must be submitted 48 hours after a game.

The time scale is only adjusted in exceptional circumstance, such as a police investigation.

Dein met with Gill last week in an attempt to end the war of words being conducted through the media, but relevations and accusations continued to emerge.

United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy was charged by the FA for a dangerous challenge on Ashley Cole in the Red Devils' 2-0 win, which ended the Gunners' 49-match unbeaten run.

The Dutch striker subsequently accepted a three-game ban for the incident.

Ferguson has responded by putting together a collection of video evidence featuring what he believes are fouls by Arsenal players which he claims should be punished.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has insisted he will not get tangled up in further repercussions from the match at Old Trafford.

"We are finished with it. I can only be responsible for what I say and not for what other people say," he said.

The striker protested his innocence - and referee Mike Riley deemed the collision accidental.

Arsene Wenger's men had the book thrown at them in the same fixture last season when a fracas was sparked by Martin Keown, an Arsenal player at the time, jumping on Van Nistelrooy in aggressive jubilation when he missed a late penalty.

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